What do the committees do?

Current committee memberships (Google doc maintained by Nominating Committee)

Ithaca Monthly Meeting’s work is conducted through committees staffed by volunteers. Consider how you might like to become involved. Our committees include:

Ministry and Worship is charged with fostering the spiritual growth and pastoral care of the Meeting membership, enhancing the religious life and fellowship of the meeting, and supervising and strengthening the corporate worship of the Meeting. Requests for Clearness Committees (such as for marriage or membership) are generally brought to M&W for initial consideration. Friends are welcome to contact members of M&W for information about the Meeting, for guidance about membership, and with requests for assistance.

Trustees oversee the Meeting’s legal matters, bequests, and property.

Budget works with the Treasurer to recommend an annual budget for Monthly Meeting consideration and oversees the budget.

Nominating talks with members and attenders to discover interests in committee assignments, fills vacancies on committees, and spreads the work of the Meeting among members and attenders. It recommends officers to Monthly Meeting, including Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Recording Clerk, and Treasurer.

Burtt House works on matters related to the structure, functioning, and use of the Burtt House.

Children and the Life of the Meeting oversees all matters related to First Day School, organizes the Monthly Intergenerational Meeting, arranges for child care during meetings and events, and organizes activities to integrate generations within the Meeting.

Communications seeks to enhance and support channels of communication within the Meeting, such as the website, the listserv and the newsletter.

Earthcare facilitates the consideration of Earthcare-related concerns within the life of Ithaca Monthly Meeting on an ongoing basis.

Greeters welcome Friends and visitors to the Meetinghouse on Sunday mornings, and serve as a resource for those seeking additional information.

Hector Meetinghouse oversees all matters related to the structure, care taking, and use of the Hector Meetinghouse.

Hospitality manages the kitchen and supports the set up and clean up or brunch on the last First Day each month and on special occasions. It also plans and organizes the Meeting’s special Christmas dinner.

Library is responsible for the books and pamphlets on history and other matters related to the Religious Society of Friends, Quakerly concerns and activities, and other related concerns. Everyone is welcome to sign out and borrow books from either library. Most pamphlets in the library are free, and some have a small charge.

Peace and Social Justice supports the leadings of Meeting members and attenders working for peace and social justice. It seeks ways to cooperate with community groups working nonviolently for peace and social justice and with nearby Monthly Meetings. It supports measures that will promote economic justice and equal opportunity for all, in order to build a society in which every person may find both personal fulfillment and opportunities to make positive contributions to our community and to the world.

Third Street Meetinghouse Committee oversees all matters related to the structure, care taking, and use of the Third Street Meetinghouse.

Other ways to help

Help clean the Meetinghouse. Our Third Street Meetinghouse is used frequently and throughout the week. In addition to our own worship and meetings, we host many community events, from regular weekly chair yoga and Teen Day, to monthly meetings of important community groups such as SURJ and Northside United. We have regular, thorough cleanings on the first and third weeks of every month (that we pay for). We are always looking for Friends who will sweep the Meetinghouse on the 2nd, 4th and 5th weeks to help keep our space tidy and welcoming to all who use it. Frequently sweepers work in pairs and enjoy the fellowship. If you feel called, please click here to sign up to sweep the Meetinghouse.